BYU Eyes a Big Catch in Cali

Near San Diego, California lives a relatively unknown LDS wide receiver who is getting some interest from BYU. Based on physical stats alone, this prospect is sure to get some interest from Cougar fans too.

Wide receiver Tevita Fehoko is looking to have a breakout senior year. Possessing size, speed, and an impressive work ethic, the Tongan wide receiver appears to have all the tools to realize his dream.

"I'm 6'3" and 215 pounds and I want to play wide receiver," said Fehoko. "I love just catching the ball over people."

A big target at 6-3, 215, the Chula Vista High School wide receiver could be this year's version of BYU wide receivers Joe Griffin and Michael Reed. The question is, can he run with wide receiver speed with that kind of size.

"I run alright, I run about a 4.52," Fehoko said. "I don't want to brag or anything because I have a lot of work to do. Honestly, I want to get my speed down because I'm not satisfied right now. Honestly, I don't feel I'm fast enough and I want to cut down my forty time. I know I need to work harder because the college level is a totally different level, but I can't wait to just jump into it. I just need to work hard and I know this sounds kind of crazy, but I want to get my forty down to a 4.3.

"Right now, my max lift is about 315. My squat, I've actually just started squats about two months ago. My shuttle, I ran it at a combine last year and it was a 4.1."

If Fehoko, who is working hard every day to reach his forty goals, can actually reach a more realistic goal of a legitimate high 4.4 forty, his attraction would be almost irresistible among college coaches across the country. What's even more attractive is his speed would accommodate an already impressive vertical leap.

"The last time I jumped my vertical I recorded a 31, but that was last year," said Fehoko. "I'm not sure what I can do right now. I'm 6-3 and I should be jumping a 40 inch vertical. I'm working out and I'm running forties and sprints everyday with my brother, and I work out with my quarterback at school sharpening my routes and to keep my feel."

Last year, Fehoko played both slot receiver and tight end as a junior on a team that boasted one of the top senior running backs in the county along with a D-1 caliber tight end, Carlos Santamaria. His playing time was limited, but this hasn't stopped BYU or other schools from taking serious notice of the junior receiver.

"Last year, I actually played tight end, but I played a lot of slot receiver," Fehoko said. "Last year I was basically a wide receiver but was spread out my last two years, so last year I was both a tight end and I played wide receiver. We had a tight end [Carlos Santamaria] and he had a couple of offers but was turned down because of his grades, so he was our starting tight end, so I played wide receiver. This past year I played some tight end because the coaches wanted to use my speed against linebackers."

"I had a pretty good season last year and kind of broke out a little bit. The problem was we weren't a throwing team last year. We had a running back, Larry Richardson, and he was one of the best running backs in the county. I had about 5 receptions last year, but they were long receptions. So I had to fight through a system where I did a lot of blocking. It actually helped me because as a receiver I learned how to block, so I feel I have it all. I'll do what ever it takes to win a game— block or catch—anything to help win games."

Along with playing behind a senior laden team, featuring a running offense, Fehoko also missed four games due to a broken thumb. In spite of these setbacks, however, coaches have taken note of Fehoko's raw talent and abilities.

"I've gotten a couple of letters here and there from Arizona State, but I turned them down because I want to go to BYU, plain and simple. No one is recruiting me right now, just BYU basically. They've sent me a packet requesting a highlight tape and I've already turned that in. They sent me a letter talking about the practices in the summer getting ready for the season and stuff and that's basically it.

"Basically, I want to attend BYU. I want to play on their team and represent. I'm Mormon, too, and I just want to ball and that's basically it."

Fehoko has taken the first steps toward getting a spot on the BYU roster.

"I've sent them my field transcripts from my school," he said. "I sent them all my paper work and they've requested some things from my bishop. They want to call my bishop to check up on me to see what's going on. I'm thrilled and honored to be recognized by BYU. I actually have looked at BYU all my years of high school even till the time when I was in the eighth grade," said Fehoko.

So how serious is BYU in Fehoko?

"They are serious," said Fehoko. "They are serious enough that they want to see what I've got and come out to Provo in August. I'm not going to attend any camps.

"I've talked to Coach Anae and we just talked about my physical attributes and what I've done. We talked about how I played against tight end Vic [So'oto] and my work ethic and those kinds of things."

Playing against the West's top tight end in So'oto gave Fehoko a perspective on where he needs to be as a D-1 college player.

"I met his dad [Vitale So'oto] two months ago," said Fehoko. "I met his dad and I met his son [Vic So'oto] because we played against him too.

"He has talent. I like that guy and I had a good time going up against him. It wasn't easy and it was a good challenge and I like it. He's got some talent man. I've got some respect for him because he's got some talent. I'm actually trying to work to get to that higher level."

Fehoko is also very serious about BYU. In so much he isn't even considering any other school that is or will recruit him.

"I'm not considering anyone," Fehoko affirmed. "I'm just turning everyone down. I have no love for the other schools because it's all about BYU. It's all about the blue and white."

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